The Old Brewery, one of the largest affordable housing developments in Bristol, has reached a key milestone with ‘topping out’ being achieved.
The scheme includes 107 new affordable apartments, offering a combination of one, two and three-bedroom homes, with 98 of them available for shared ownership and nine for social rent.
As well as new homes, the regeneration at The Old Brewery includes the adaptation of some of the original brewery buildings to retain the industrial heritage of the site. Seven commercial spaces are being created, including the conversion of the original brewery manager’s house, and these buildings will be used to offer new services for the local community including food and drink outlets, offices and creative spaces.
Stuart Hensby Associate Director Sales and Marketing at Abri said: “With great thanks to grant funding from our Strategic Partnership with Homes England, we’re excited to provide more much needed affordable housing in Bristol. Good quality homes and facilities are key to making a difference and creating thriving communities, especially in the midst of the national cost of living crisis.
“We’re ambitious to deliver 10,000 warm, safe and sustainable homes by 2030, including over 750 homes in Bristol within the next five years that’ll create places where people feel they belong.”
Cllr Tom Renhard, Councillor Tom Renhard, Cabinet Member for Housing Delivery and Homelessness from Bristol City Council added: “Building homes is about creating neighbourhoods that meet the diverse needs of our communities and make use of unused brownfield land, so it’s great to see the results of another high-quality 100% affordable regeneration that’ll deliver much needed housing in Bristol. The new homes in Southville ward look great and will add to over 12,500 homes built since 2016, as we continue to tackle Bristol’s housing crisis head on.”
As a Strategic Partner with Homes England, Abri is using grant funding to make all the homes affordable for customers.
John Kearney, Head of Provider Management at Homes England said: “This new development in Bristol supports our greater vision for more affordable housing in the next five years, providing more people with a place to call home. The regeneration and delivery of additional housing is key to creating thriving and inclusive spaces where communities are proud to live, work and play.”
Sean Finch, Senior Project Manager at McLaughlin & Harvey added: “We are delighted to have reached this important milestone at our The Old Brewery project. In the coming weeks, we look forward to progressing the internal fit-out works, as well as the brickwork and balconies which are beginning to taking shape and will look impressive when completed.”